Suresh is a 1977 graduate from IIT-M. He was on the faculty of Brown University's Division of Engineering before moving in 1993 to MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He was also the Chairman of that Department during 2001-06.
Suresh was a visiting professor at our Institute in 2004; I recall four absolutely fantastic lectures he gave during his visit: one each in our Department and MRC, and two more in the Workshop on Mechanical Behaviour of Systems at Small Length Scales.
Some years ago, when Dipak Jain took over as the Dean of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, there was a lot of excitement in our business dailies. MIT is about as high-profile as it gets in tech-dom, and the choice of a scientist of Indian origin as its Dean is certainly newsworthy in India. So far, ToI, HT and DNA have covered this story.